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was told that he was spying on the phone of angela merkel. they claim the president was informed by the nsa chief in 2010 that it had bugged the phone of the chancellor and he didn't stop the operation because he didn't trust her. trust her with what? annette has the information. i've always assumed, annette, that we're all spying on each other. we have this big listening post called gchq and what is it there for if not to listen to people. the mistake the u.s. made was they wrote it on paper. once you have a record of it, you have to complain. >> that's true. the german constitution states that the u.s. secret service agencies are allowed to spy on german soil and they, as well, might be allowed to spy on angela merkel. so everybody who is now screaming that's against the law might not really be right. but let me reiterate what we are as well having in terms of reports coming out from the wall street journal. they are saying that president obama was informed about the spying on angela merkel from this summer and then he immediately stopped the spying on angela merkel among others. 35 inter
it town. >> reports that president obama knew the nsa was spying on angela merkel. and leaders head to washington to discuss the spying. >> syria plans to destroy chemical weapons with a watchdog overlooking. >>> rock'n'roll fans remembering influential punk pioneer lou reed. [ ♪ theme ] >>> welcome to al jazeera america. ever since the federal health care website went on line this month it's been plagued by problems. now there's a new glitch. the data hub is down - halting online enrolment. that hub, going down sunday, verifies applicants' yoists and incomes. it's key. the problem was caused by a connectivity issue at a center operated by ver eyeson. they quote in a statement: >> well, the latest gaff is yet another head ache for health -- health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius, who is set to appear before a committee to testify. the glitches are blamed for low enrol. sam say kathleen sebelius should step down if she can't fix the problems with healthcare.gov. >> the president has been poorly served with the implementation of his own signatory regulation. if someo
approved spying on german chancellor angela merkel. >> i can tell you that the president assured the chancellor that the u.s. is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancell chancellor. >> reporter: and it's not just the european who is are upset. over the weekend thousands marched on washington to express their outrage. >> we're against mass surveillance and i'm truly honored to speak for all whistle blowers. >> reporter: the allegations threaten to disrupt foreign policies with u.s. allies. >> i think the revelation from snowdon and the secrets revealed are doing significant damage to our bilateral relationships with germany, with mexico, with the other countries where the suggestion is that we've listened in. >> reporter: but congressman peter king, the chairman of the house homeland security committee said america should stop apologizing. >> the reality is that the nsa has saved thousands of lives not just in the usa but france, germany, and throughout europe. >> reporter: former vice president dick cheney agrees the u.s. should remain cautious. >> o
. angela merkel, apparently she has been bugged, if you like, for years and years, but the nsa saying barack obama, he doesn't know anything about it. >> reporter: this raises a number of questions. the leak to the wall street journey, this is the main way the obama administration communicates with us to the press and to the world despite their crackdown on whistle blowers. the fact that president obama knew nothing and it was a review that took place in the white house that 35 world leaders were being surveyed, including angela merkel. as soon as he saw that he stopped the surveillance on angela merkel. if you're not a world leader you're not out of the woods, apparently. but in reports in the german media as early as 2010 the director of national security recreation told mr. obama personally that ms. merkel's phone was being tapped. president obama not only allowed that to continue, but any intelligence from that surveillance went directly to the white house, and didn't even go through the nsa. certainly there is push back from the white house. owofficials from the obama administrat
newspaper, which says the nsa listened in on german chancellor angela merkel's phone calls as far back as 2002, keith alexander briefed the president on the spying in 2010. the obama administration denies it, saying news reports claiming otherwise are not true; but some members of congress are skeptical. >> remember, the nsa works for the president. so it's a question of, did the president want to hear what chancellor merkel was saying, because through his national security advisory soar, he knew or should have known. >> reporter: others say the white house should have to answer to no one. >> i think the president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive. the reality the nsa saved thousands of lives, not only in the cites, france, germany, throughout europe. >> reporter: the wall street journal -- after a white house review uncovered the operation this summer. suzanne mcguinness, cbs news, washington. >>> "the american journalist first reported secret documents given to him by edward snowedden tweeted the guardian newspaper will publish a new spying revelation today. >>> develop
be smart about this. you don't stop terrorists in europe by listening in on angela merkel's cell phone. the rewards of spying on friendly heads of government are probably outweighed by the risks. and most troubling, it's not clear that many of these specific activities were clearly thought through and directed by the white house. nor do they appear to have been vetted by congress. in the wake of 9/11, america got scared and dropped any sense of constraints on its intelligence activities. it is not an accident that the eavesdropping on chancellor merkel began in 2002. the fact that technology now allows the nsa to do anything doesn't mean it should do everything. we need a better and clearer set of rules for intelligence activity and we need confidence that these rules are being followed and observed. let's get started. >>> given the realities i just talked about, what is really going on in the heads of european officials? is all of this anger and outrage genuine? who better to ask than a former top official who can speak freely. that's why i invited germany's defense minister from 2009
intelligence gathering related to the german chancer will, angela merkel, of course saying that had not happened. of course they were very specific in that press release, so it's not clear who else may have talked to the president. but right now we have foreign leaders asking for action at the united nations. it's the stuff of spy novels come live and real right before your eyes. >> it is indeed. randall thing you very much. >>> members of congress also said to be taking a closer look at the white house drone policy strikes today. they have invited a pakistani family that says they were victimized by a strike. they want them to share their story. they first stoke though to al jazeera kimberly halkett. >> it happened a little more than a year ago. for the 12-year-old and the 9-year-old the memories are still vivivid. >> i saw these bright lights fall from the sky and hit my grandmother. i looked at my hand and there was blood coming out of my hand. >> it was as many day become night, and i later heard my grandmother was blown to pieces. >> reporter: she had been picking okra when she
angela merkel's phone in 2010. officials say that's not true and the white house only discovered surveillance in the summer and the bugging of merkel's phone soon after. the delegation that's visiting is concerned about the surveillance of tens of millions of its citizens. calls in the country in the space of a month. >> we need to figure out why this kind of activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt. in the end we're fighting a battle in terms of security and we need to get that balance right. we're concerned too about security and we need to make that clear, and there's a balance that needs to be struck with citizens and very important trust needs to be rebuilt. >> germany is promising a summit to discuss spying. they might call chancellor merkel and even edward snowden, the nsa whistle blower who has been given asylum in russia. tom ackerman, al jazeera. >> is it about what the president did or didn't know or who was spying on whom? >> well, both. let me tell you, the blow back, german intelligence officials are in washington to get the dimensions of the
stood in thailand are tested to determine the chancellor angela merkel which he said that to today more than willing to come and testify because he knows a lot about the nsa activities and not just in europe but in the entire world would be happy to sad to talk about them bought such i could only do that at the win guarantees him a safe passage mean practical when it started to the united states. on top of that though it's not the source added that c would be more than willing to testify not a valid but in washington and fourthly that is impossible odds at the moments of toys at this point in st are many find themselves in sort of the fatwa to considering the fact that it has been revealed that anything has been whistling a tune or the private phone conversations of the german chancellor angela merkel and dining at its notice of life in russia where he has been since sec two and a welsh at reading to his address and where it snowed in i think a good job with the wide approach to up internet companies as a technical specialist however we do not know which company that is because the cou
that the nsa spied on 35 such leaders including germany's angela merkel reportedly as far back as 2002 before she was chancellor. president obama was never told about the spy program until this summer, and he called a halt to it. >> this new this was is certain to further inflame tensions between the u.s. and its allies overseas. abc's jeffrey kofman reports now from london. >> reporter: it is not the way friends expect to be treated. the headlines in germany, the u.s. has been listening to chancellor angela merkel's cell phone calls since 2002, even longer than earlier reported. and president obama was told about this three years ago. the white house said the president was never told. on the streets of germany, outrage directed at the u.s. the chancellor herself feeling violated by these daily revelations that the u.s. has been snooping on one of its closest allies. "completely unacceptable," she said. germany is now the fifth u.s. ally to summon its american ambassador to lodge a formal protest. in france, outrage over the u.s. intercept of 70 million e-mails and the bugging of their washin
be totally unacceptable. >> al, thanks so much. let's go over to germany. chancellor angela merkel wanted to know directly from the president whether her own personal phone was tapped. diana magnate is in berlin. the chancellor did say the trust between the united states and europe has to be, in her words, re-established. what does she mean by that? how does that happen and what are the german reactions to claims of being spied on by their mates? >> well, justice, the basis as the of any good political relationship. when she she's trust has been broken, you can see how angry she is. she was a woman who grew up in the former east germany and understands what living in a police state is like. she remembers how much the east german spy network disrupted the very basis of society. and so do so many germans, michael. that's why when she says and the german people say that it is not right to spy on friends, they're speaking from bitter experience. >> all right, diana magnay, thank you so much. the state department at least joining us there. we know one of the things that at least the white hous
denies the report that president obama knew the n.s.a. was eavesdropping on german leader angela merkel. we have the latest. >> a nine member delegation will meet with senior government officials over allegations of widespread spying against leaders. new allegations surfaced that president obama approved spying on german chancellor angela merkel. according to the wall street journal, the president was unaware the n.s.a. was spying on world leaders and ordered the agency to stop some of the monitoring programs after learning of them. >> the president assured the chancellor that the united states is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor. >> it's not just the europeans who are upset. over the weekend, thousands marched on washington to express their outrage. >> against mass surveillance and i'm truly honored to speak for all whistle blowers. >> some members of congress say the latest allegations threaten to disrupt foreign policy with u.s. allies. >> i think the revelations from snowden and the secrets revealed are doing significant damage to our bilatera
acknowledging more constraints are needed and he is being criticized over the nsa tapped angela merkel's phone and snooped on other european allies and we have more. >> reporter: the practice of listening in on the phone calls of the leaders of allied countries could be about to end. in an interview president barack obama says that national security operations generally have one purpose, to make sure the american people are safe. but i'm initiating now a review to make sure what they are able to do doesn't necessarily mean it's what they should be doing. this is prompted by reports in germany that president obama was briefed on the surveillance of chancellor merkel's known in 2010. administration officials say it's not true and a white house review only discovered the surveillance of world leaders in the summer and say the bugging of merkel's phone and soon after. a delegation from the european parliament visiting washington is worried about the surveillance of 10s of millions of its citizens and one report from spain suggests the nsa tracked 60 million calls in the country in the space of a
tapped the cell phone of chancellor angela merkel. strobel says snowden made it clear he knows a lot. snowden has revealed details of several top u.s. surveillance programs. u.s. leaders are demanding the russian officials return him to the u.s. so he can face charges of espionage and theft of government property. >>> germany has criticized the apparent spying operation against merkel. now u.s. secretary of state john kerry admitted some of the spying activities were inappropriate, but stopping short of clarifying the details. kerry spoke to a conference in london via video link on thursday. >> some of these actions have reached too far, and we are going to make sure that does not happen in the future. >> but he defended u.s. intelligence gathering, saying it has stopped numerous terrorist attacks. kerry said president barack obama is conducting a thorough review of the spying to avoid creating anymore concern. >>> government officials here are looking to overhaul the operator of japan's crippled nuclear plant. aiuchida joins us from the business desk. >>> ministry officials want to
the white house press secretary says as far as angela merkel, the white house didn't know about angela merkel's bugging until this summer and he put a stop to that. that's in contradiction to german reports that president obama knew about this as far back to 2010 and fast-tracked that to the white house. here is what jay carney the white house press secretary was prepared to say. >> we are conducting a review. we are mindful that some of these disclosures have caused tension in our relationships. we deal with those issues through diplomatic channels and we are in direct communication with a number of countries on these matters. >> interesting. i suppose we're going to have to wait and see what all of that actually means. meanwhile there is a parliamentary delegation talking to congressional members about the spying program. is this a gesture that the europeans are not happy or are they actually trying to achieve something from this visit? >> this is a delegation from the european parliament. the european parliament has begun an inquiriy into the operations. here is how the head of the
wondered why angela merkel got upset, we found out that bush whispered in her ear, we're tapping your phone. the ocean gets warmer. the peruvian anchovy harvest suffers. it raises the price of fishmeal, cattle feed and beef. bny mellon turns insights like these into powerful investment strategies. for a university endowment. it funds a marine biologist... who studies the peruvian anchovy. invested in the world. bny mellon. neil: angela merkel was not only one shocked to find out that the u.s. of tapping her phone, so of president obama, saying he had no idea that they were spying on her, our next guest said that is worse. your spies are running amuck. that is more disconcerting to me. >> yeah, if this has been going on for 10 years? i think it first started, and neither of last two presidents were aware, it would speak to an internal shadow surveillance state that feels it can do what it wants to you impunity. it is plausible. but there are bad explain nation that the president did know it and did not care, there are reports in germany newspaper, personally briefed president obama in 2010,
rub heard in the world. and everyone wondered why angela merkel got upset, we found out that bush whispered in her ear, that bush whispered in her ear, we're tapping yourthe ocean get. the peruvian anchovy harvest suffers. it raises the price of fishmeal, cattle feed and beef. bny mellon turns insights like these into powerful investment strategies. for a university endowment. it funds a marine biologist... who studies the peruvian anchovy. invested in the world. bny mellon. we are the thinkers. the job jugglers. the up all-nighters. and the ones who turn ideas into action. we've made our passions our life's work. we strive for the moments where we can say, "i did it!" ♪ we are entrepreneurs who started it all... with a signature. legalzoom has helped start over 1 million businesses, turning dreamers into business owners. and we're here to help start yours. neil: angela merkel was not only one shocked to find out that the u.s. of tapping her phone, so of president obama, saying he had no idea that they were spying on her, our next guest said that is worse. your spies are running
president obama was briefed on the surveillance of german chancellor angela merkel's phone in 2010 and fast tracked any information gathered correctly to the white house. in the fast few days anonymous administration officials told the u.s. media that was false. and that a white house review only discovered the surveillance of world leaders in the summer. the bugging of merkel's phone ended soon after. for european parliamentary delegation its visit to washington is about more than the bugging of world leaders. it's about the surveillance of 10s of millions of its con stitcconnecticut stitchconstitu. >> trust has to be rebuilt. and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt. in the end we are fighting a battle in terms of security, we need to get that balance right. we are concerned, too, about security and we made that very clear. but also there is a balance to be struck with privacy of citizens and i think these frank exchange need to rebuild that very important trust. >> reporter: their first meeting, however, was with the house intelligence committee chairman mike rodgers. he says europeans
president obama has met with angela merkel he has been briefed on the country. they get extensive briefings. is it plausible that none of the information ever gleaned from any of those phone calls was ever told to president obama? how is it possible he never -- he seems to never know anything about anything that is going on. i fine it impossible to believe, that etheir they were willfully not giving the president information or he didn't know anything about it. when the white house says there was a review -- >> did president bush know? >> i don't know. i don't know. >> i don't know that about president obama either and i'm not going to speculate whether president bush knew or not. whether president bush knew that -- >> doesn't bother you that the president of the united states doesn't seem to know anything? were they willfully -- >> unfortunately around here what i have to deal with is factses and the facts are the report says we did and it the white house says they tried to stop it. "the wall street journal" now reports not exactly a friend of this white house, says that according to their
german chancellor angela merkel's communications, and tracked phone calls and e-mails across europe. kerry addressed the issue, over video link, for a conference in london. >> in some cases i acknowledge to you, as has the president, some of these actions have reached too far and we are going to make sure that that does not happen in the future. >> woodruff: kerry said he and president obama learned of some of the surveillance after the fact. but he also said some of the information gleaned has saved lives. one third of all the texas clinics that perform abortions are now barred from doing so. a federal appeals court last night allowed new state restrictions to take effect, pending further appeals. the rules say clinic doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, but many do not. texas is one of a number of states to approve broad new curbs on abortions in recent months. in economic news, u.s. factory output expanded in october, at the best pace in two and half years. that word came today in a closely watched survey of purchasing managers. and major auto makers report
to explain the reports that we we're listening in on german chancellor angela merkel's private phone calls. how the president answered right now. here's jim avila. >> reporter: the president and german chancellor in berlin just four months ago. did obama know american intelligence had been monitoring her phone calls as the two chatted amiably? >> how is it you didn't know about the cell phones being looked at or listened to and why you didn't know and who should have told you? >> jim, as i said i'm not here to talk about classified information. what i am confirming is the fact that we're undergoing and complete review of how our intelligence operates outside of the country. >> reporter: the "wall street journal" reporting that the u.s. was not only listening in on her calls but 34 other world leaders, setting up outrage across the globe. in an exclusive interview with abc news partner fusion today, president obama assured the american people that national security operations will only be used to protect them. >> their capacity is to continue to develop and expand and that's why i'm initiat
angela merkel there is not and will not be any spying on her. this was the reaction when he was asked about leaders of france and japan. >> i just don't have anything more specific about specific alleged operations or conversations the president may or may not have had with foreign leaders. >> the freedom act proposes ending bulk collection of records if not directly linked to terrorism, can did he say stein intelligence or suspected foreign agents. >> one major point was made to surveillance policies, saying everybody else is doing it too. they claim some of the information came from nato allies, not u.s. spying. greece has admitted to spying on the u.s. and others in the 1990's at the hearing. james clapper made it clear the u.s. is in good company. >> you believe that the allies have conducted or at any time any type of espionage activity against the united states of america, our intelligence service leaders or otherwise? >> absolutely. >> he said the white house was aware the n.s.a. oversees eavesdropping all along, but may not have known specifics. >> russian leaders denying repo
obama knew that nsa was spying on angela merkel. >>> news executives are in a london courtroom charged with tackinhacking phones and bribing officials. the trial is expected to run through spring. >>> there is a new glitch playing the affordable healthcare website. the data hub is down halting online enrollment. that hub went down on sunday. it's key in determining eligibility for tax credits which can reduce the cost of those monthly insurance problems. the problem was caused with a connectivity issue at a center operated by verizon. those are your headlines. consider this i"consider this" e have news 24 hours a day at www.aljazeera.com. fought by antibiotics. is it too late to catch up and infections. >> a look at america's conspiracy theories with brad melt zer. did bobby kennedy take his brother's brain and how long was the fbi tracking lee harvey oswald before the assassination. >> wing suit flying is a deadly sport. mountains. >> i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this." we begin with a health crisis. antibiotics have saved millions of lives since coming into wide use in the
on the surveillance of angela merkel's phone in 2010. anonymous officials say that is not true and that a white house review only discovered the surveillance of world leaders in the summer and say the bugging of merkel's phone and soon after. a delegation from the european parliament that is visiting washington is also worried about the surveillance of tens of millions of its citizens. one report from spain suggests the nsa tracked 60 million calls in the country in the space of a month. >> we need to figure out why this kind of surveillance activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt. in the end we are fighting a battle in terms of security and we need to get the balance right and we are concerned too about security and we made that very clear. but also there is a balance to be struck in privacy of citizens and i think these factors changes need to be built into trust. >> reporter: there is a session to discuss u.s. spying. if a special committee is set it it may end up calling witnesses including chancellor merkel and snowden who revealed the surveillance program and given asy
. the bugging of angela merkel's phone received attention because of the strategic implications of being caught. it worries a european delegation of parliament airians investigate ght the scale of the program. >> spying on friends, not just leaders, citizens. >> tuesday's hearing was about the u.s.'s domestic surveillance operations with james clapper and keith alexander key to restrict legislative changes to collect the phone call data of u.s. citizens. >> you are watching al jazeera newshour. still to come - mineral rich, but mired in chaos. the security crisis in the central african republic. and we visit a shelter for teenage mothers in kenya, who have been abandoned by their family. >> and miami heat celebrate their title and kick off the new season in style. joe will be here with the details later. . >>> a bus caught fire on a highway between bangalore and hyderabad in india. up to 44 are feared dead. six passengers and the driver made it out alive. the bus crashed into a barrier and the fuel tank collided. we'll look why there's so many deaths often indian roads in a moment. first the re
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to germany as a witness of the u. bugging the phone of angela merkels. >> he told me he can imagine coming to germany if it was made here clear he could remain here in safety. that means granting free passage and then asylum. >> reporter: it's reported snowdon is starting a new job in st. petersburg this month as a technical adviser to russia's version of facebook. but he may not be happy with the news that the federal security service in moscow has been given new powers to intercept communications. >> it was a very warm meeting with the german m.p. it was held at snowdon's own initiative. >> reporter: it has prompted a protest from one of the country's biggest telephone companies. they said it will vie lit constitutional rights to confidential correspondence. >> it's going to be very furious, especially in next year's winter olympics, not just telecommunications but wi-fi, laptops and smart phones. 95% of all was words wil passwoe broken. >> reporter: holding out gifts to delegates, flash drives and trojan software to spy on software and communications. >> reporter: it is an attempt to di
canc lor angela merkel's cell phone. president obama steered clear of the controversy, as he helped swear in his new fbi director. but the white house is saying u.s. intelligence gathering is under review. >> the president clearly feels strongly about making sure that we are not just collecting information because we can but because we should. >> reporter: besides being embarrassing, spying on allies could have economic consequences, as washington works to negotiate a major trade deal with the european union. >> reporter: former state department analyst, james louis says the u.s. won't stop the program because in a post 9/11 world, the information is too valuable. >> this makes us safer. less surveillance means more successful attacks. >> reporter: the white house hopes to complete its veview by the end of the year. >> danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> some u.s. lawmakers are defending spying practices. they argue places such as france are safer because of the nsa's surveillance. >>> breaking news right now about r&b singer chris brown. >> we have just learned the charges
the president to explain the reports that we were listening in on german chancellor angela merkel's private phone calls. here's jim avila. >> reporter: the president and the german chancellor in better minute just four months ago. did obama know american intelligence has been monitoring her cell phone calls? the "wall street journal" reporting that the u.s. was not only listening in on her calls but 34 other world leaders setting up outrage across the globe. in on exclusive interview with fusion today, president obama assured the american people that national security operations will only be ud to protect them. >> their capacity is to continue to develop and expand and that's why i'm initiating a review to make sure that what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean they should be doing it. >> reporter: the president's comments come amid new complaints about allies. today spain added to the list of countries excusing u.s. intelligence of spying on its citizens, joining france, germany, brazil and mexico. a union delegation in washington today to complain that america has gone too far. >>
chancellor angela merkel's phone for years. both countries say they will work together to make sure the relationship is in tact. spain and france are also unhappy they were spied on. the white house says nsa procedures were being, are being reviewed. >> we need to ensure that we are collecting information not just because we can, but because we should. >> the white house also says president obama was not aware that the nsa was spying on world leaders. the leak came from documents stolen by former nsa contractor edward snowden, who is currently hiding in russia. >>> the fbi officially has a new leader tonight. president obama swore in james combmy today at fbi headquarters. the 52-year-old actually began his duties last month when robert muller resigned after 12 years as director. he is well liked by lawmakers. he was confirmed by the senate 93-1. he's a former federal prosecutor and was number two in command at the justice department. >>> in the u.s. senate, majority leader harry reid is promising to bring a gay rights bill to the floor before this thanksgiving. in recent years, the
chancellor angela merkel there is not and will not be any spying on her. but this was the reaction when carney was asked about leaders of france and japan. >> i just don't have anything more specific about specific alleged operations or conversations the president may or may not have had with foreign leaders. >> the chair of the senate en 't 'tilgention committee, senator dianne feinstein says she does not think america should be spying on the leaders of al libraried nations. meanwhile, the white house is saying that it is reviewing intelligence gathering techniques. john. >> randall, thank you. >>> joining us to talk about this is heather hurl better, . senior advisor and speech writer for president clinton. welcome back, heather? >> thank you for having me, john. >> you know, it strikes me that the problem is that it may be the problem is that the administration really didn't tell the american people what was going on until now. but when they were forced to. do you see it that way? >> one of the more interesting back and forth in congress today was an argument among committee member
about them. >> and if he didn't know that the phones were being tapped of angela merkel is that conceivable if he is getting the information from those phone taps. >> as a general matter he must have known that foreign governments were under surveillance by our government. if he didn't know that that would be, i guess, negligence. but i agree -- this was the guy who was supposed to be on top of it. he with a as reaction to bush who was so dumb. this guy is a genius. is he a policy guy. he is not a policy guy. he is a talker. >> that is it for the panel. stay tuned to see how the president played the odds in foreign policy. at od, whatever business you're in, that's the business we're in. with premium service like one of the best on-time delivery records and a low claims ratio, we do whatever it takes to make your business our business. od. helping the world keep promises. >>> finally tonight, president obama is under fire from world leaders for tapping their cell phones and listening in. one show points out he is really just staying true to his own word. >> true partners
spying on friendly foreign leaders like angela merkel and scathing statements from two top senators on the intelligence committee. president obama is promising to scale back intelligence collection, saying that just because the spy agencies can do something, doesn't mean they should. and moving now towards banning spying on friendly foreign leaders. >>> today the head of the nsa will have to face the house intelligence committee as calls for reform mount across europe and at home. european parliament members even came to the u.s. to protest america's targeting of german chancellor angela merkel's cell phone. >> we are asking ourselves if now the u.s. or the nsa is considering merkel a terrorist? >> reporter: senate intelligence chair dianne feinstein ordered a review saying i do not believe the united states should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers. republican susan collins quickly followed saying, "i know of no justification for the administration's collection of intelligence on the leaders of our closest allies, such as chancellor angel
german chancellor angela merkel. insta statement, she said: the white house says president obama was not aware of just how extensive the n.s.a.'s intelligence gathering was until this summer, but the president insists there will be a complete review of the n.s.a.'s spying policy. >> what we've seen over the last several years is their pass has continued to develop and expand and that's why i'm initiating now a review to make sure that what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing. >> in washington, a european delegation arrived looking for answers about n.s.a. spying claims, including new allegations the u.s. monitored 60 million calls in spain last december. >> trust has to be rebuild. we need to figure out why this kind of mass surveillance activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt. in the end, we're fighting a battle in terms of security. we need to get that balance right. >> while president obama maintains that he is the final user of all n.s.a. intelligence, european officials are not backing down. they want their privacy b
asked to pay. >> the nsa told me the president was never briefed on angela merkel. >> sandy was the biggest and fiercest storm ever to hit new jersey. the recovery was slow and for many it's far from over. >> it's tough. you're looking at washington, d.c. that's sometimes not the easiest thing in the world. >> wow what a night here in fenway park. >> the red sox are world champions. >> best night of my life. >> of your life? >> pretty much. i have a pretty bad life. yeah. >> the young boy in the yellow shirt stole the show. he wandered on stage. >> i'll take your candy and my pope. >> that's magic. >> how many barrels are in this warehouse? >> more than 200,000. >> hot sauce called sir rah-rah eded sriracha. >> the sun touched down here. >> it has to be done right or it will burn your scalp, but we can stand with that. >> can we start with the chicken dance? lord knows you love doing that. >> i don't know if that's the -- >> unfortunately, peter, my family is having thanksgiving dinner on thanksgiving. >> i had no idea what was going on. neither did
. >> the nsa told me the president was never briefed on angela merkel. >> sandy was the biggest and fiercest storm ever to hit new jersey. the recovery was slow and for many it's far from over. >> it's tough. you're looking at washington, d.c. that's sometimes not the easiest thing in the world. >> wow, what a night here in fenway park. >> the red sox are world champions. >> best night of my life. >> of your life? >> pretty much. i have a pretty bad life. yeah. >> the young boy in the yellow shirt stole the show. he wandered on stage. >> i'll take your candy and my pope. >> that's magic. >> how many barrels are in this warehouse? >> more than 200,000. >> hot sauce called sir rah-r e >> the sun touched down here. >> it has to be done right or it will burn your scalp, but we can stand with that. >> can we start with the chicken dance? lord knows you love doing that. >> i don't know if that's the -- >> unfortunately, peter, my family is having thanksgiving dinner on thanksgiving. >> i had no idea what was going on. neither did anybody else. you've got a 7 foot guy in a dog suit walking around.
house insists the u.s. has stopped spying on german chancellor angela merkel and will not do it in the future. the "wall street journal" reported that programs targeting other world leaders are still operating. and the leaks which stemmed from information from former nsa contractor edward snowden just keep coming. two spanish newspapers say the nsa secretly monitored 60 million phone calls in spain just in one month. here in washington, mixed reaction from lawmakers. >> this whole notion that we're going to go after each other on what is really legitimate protection of nation/state interests, i think is disingenuous. >> we have repair work to do. >> reporter: abc news, washington. >>> congress now looking into the case against amanda knocks. two lawmakers from her state of washington holding a panel discussion on capitol hill as the retrial of knox is underway in italy without her. knox was convicted of killing her british roommate in 2009. her sentence was overturned after she served of course years. an italian court ordered a new trial. >>> a federal judge in texas has stru
tapped the personal cell phone of angela merkel, the national security council claimed she and president obama have agreed to intensify cooperation between their country's intelligence services yet there is still intense skepticism. u.s. intelligence has listened in on phone conversations of the leaders of 35 american allies. national intelliens director james clapper defended the practices. >> we do not spy on anyone except for valid purposes. >> reporter: claiming eavesdropping is for security purposes. a rationale that european officials feel can go only so far. >> we must find a balance between security and privacy. >> reporter: and, of course, it's being questioned here at home as well. republicans and democrats now calling for a congressional review of the nsa's practices. john and diana, back to you. >> thank you. >>> the justice department is stepping into a lawsuit against the company that handled the background check of nsa leaker edward snowden. the government says united states investigation services failed to perform quality reviews. >>> vice president biden is the latest to
how important brittain is to the european union. angela merkel was talking about that. would there come a point where actually you would say, okay, it is worth actually maybe the u.k. having a special relationship within the e.u.? >> i'm not sure it would be a particular problem for the e.u. it would be a particular problem for the u.k. if you look at the position of countries like switzerland or norway, basically what happens to them is after the decision is reached within e.u. institutions within brussels, they're invited in and told, this is what's been decided and you're going to have to implement it in your own country because otherwise you're going to have to leave the single market, the european economic area. effectively, it's almost saying let's get out of the -- let's get out of the conference room and subject ourselves to the dictate of those who stay in it. i think it would be absolutely folly from the point of view of any country to go that route. >> good to talk to you. great to talk to you. >> cnbc will be visiting poland. we'll look to get some insight into th
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